GOOD PROGRESS WAS MADE IN THE CENTER OF THE PAINTING THIS WEEK. I repainted Brita's hair and face, but feel I need to repaint the face again next week. It isn't quite right in color, value, and technique - not painterly enough for me. I added mountains in the background to frame Brita's head and add a darker value behind her head . This decision is an artistic decision that developed during the third week of painting. The mountains are all real shapes from real Norwegian fjords.
On Tuesday I painted on Brita's dress and the jewelry. I know I will have to go back and rework some of the values there. In the last two days I painted Kasey's head and dress down to the waist. I think I have the values and paint technique right in this area of the painting.
Next week my goal is to paint through the dresses for Brita and Kasey including their hands and feet. This should give the first real indication and feel for scale of the painting. I will also try to work through Brita's face again, hopefully for the last time.
Overall the painting is starting to come together for me in rhythm and technique. I am planning my color mixtures more carefully. The right values for a particular area are now beginning to show themselves more clearly as the figures and background play off one another in the light. In the end I fully expect to make adjustments to the values with glazes and opaque paint where necessary.
It has been another encouraging and challenging week of painting!